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The Band That Continued To Roll

The bucket bluesmen in Hillstomp ride again, women be damned.

Riff City
If there were no women, there would be no blues.The men in local blues duo Hillstomp know as much. And if you couldn't glean it from the weathered trance blues about lovin', leavin' and bein' left beh ...   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


Welcome to the paper of record for your music scene.

Riff City
Standing in the wings of the Aladdin Theater last Thursday during a taping of the OPB radio show Live Wire!, I was sweating. And I don't sweat unless I'm dancing.It wasn't the fact that I would soon b ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

MusicfestNW Diaries '05

Where we were, who played, what happened, and sometimes why.

Featured Stories
Thursday sept 810:23 pm Robyn Hitchcock, Crystal BallroomProlific oddball Brit Robyn Hitchcock brings curious listeners and die-hards together with a little Pac Northwest flavor on his chant-along, "V ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


The rise and fall of the great pop hopes that ruled Portland's early-'90s music scene.

Music Stories
Hazel. Pond. Sprinkler. Crackerbash.To most music fans outside of Portland, these names mean nothing. But to those who spent any time in Portland clubs in the early '90s, these bands represent a long- ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


Forecasting a weekend of missed opportunities.

Music Stories
Planning, for me anyway, is a task committed in vain. Take this weekend's MusicfestNW. A complicated maze, the festival will feature 200 bands playing at 20-plus clubs from Thursday to Saturday. Add i ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


There's history in John Weinland's name, but you'll also hear its echos in the Portland folk-pop band's brilliant music.

Music Stories
First off, John Weinland is a band, not a man. But there's a story here: John Weinland is led by a gentle-voiced singer whose family name is John Weinland. John is his father's name, and Weinland is h ...   More
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Cheap Eats 2005

Food Reviews & Stories
Boobs? Burritos? El Grillo, my friends, is heaven, a mashup of two distinct yet strangely compatible art forms separated only by the swinging door between the restaurant and the strippers at Mary's Club. You can appreciate the fresh corn-tortilla tacos ($1.50 each), but for true food porn, go for th   More
Thursday, August 11, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


For the second year in a row, local music festival spreads the love.

Music Stories
It's an odd feeling to see 27 bands perform in one weekend and still feel guilty because you didn't see the other 22 bands that played. It's abnormal actually, unhealthy even, but you wouldn't know it ...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


Don't listen to the journalists. Listen to the music.

Music Stories
Music writers. Sigh. Sometimes you might want to spare some sympathy for us keyboard-pounding music geeks who, when forced to make sense out of something as abstract as music, take shortcuts, make ass ...   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


What do you get when you mix soap, water, a room full of 18-year-olds and a long-haired guy in a sports coat?

Music Stories
"Do you want to go foam dancing with me and my friends tonight?" That sentence stared at me from my computer a few Wednesdays ago. And for about two minutes, I stared back at it. Eight years ago, when ...   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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